Radamel Falcao weaving Russia 2018 dreams

The Colombian striker Falcao, also known as El Tigre, missed out on the last World Cup in 2014 due to a knee injury.

Falcao has already marked June 19 — Colombia’s opener against Japan at the mega event — on his diary.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, who missed out on the FIFA World Cup in 2014 due to a knee injury, is weaving dreams of Russia 2018.

The 31-year-told told FIFA.com that he worked hard for the opportunity. “It would be wonderful to take part. I’ve battled and worked for this for so long,” he said.

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Known as El Tigre (The Tiger), Falcao has already marked June 19 — Colombia’s opener against Japan at the mega event — on his diary. “I’ve often pictured myself scoring at the World Cup. I couldn’t tell you how many times but it’s a lot,” the report added.

After participating for three years — 1990, 1994, 1998 — Colombia didn’t play until 2014. “Whenever Colombia failed to qualify, I’d support Argentina and Brazil. They were the teams I followed. It was the Argentina of Gabriel Batistuta, and (Ariel) Burrito Ortega. There was also the Brazil team of 98, with Ronaldo. By then I was starting to notice players and Ronaldo was the one I followed closest,” revealed Falcao.

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